Seasons Greetings!!

We, the entire MISCC fraternity take this opportunity to wish all our partners, friends, colleagues in community development and readers joy and gladness during this festive season and a prosperous new year 2009.

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Consultative Forum on 10th December 2008

cross-section-of-participants-in-the-forumBetween 3rd October and 10th December when MISCC held the last consultative forum, participants in MISCC meetings were charged with the responsibility of convening peace meetings in the various administrative divisions of Molo district that they come from. Among the meetings that were successfully held included:

  • Elburgon division peace meeting on 14th October 2008 that brought together 26 participants from the different villages
  • Kuresoi division peace meeting on 7th November 2008 which had 39 participants
  • Keringet division peace meeting on 14th November 2008 with 26 participants from the various villages
  • Olenguruone peace marathon on 28th November 2008 which attracted 64 athletes.  flagging-off-athletes-at-kitagich-tea-factoryThis event was organised by the Kuresoi Kipsigis council of Elders and supported by MISCC, National Bank of Kenya, Kenya Women Finance Trust, EMO and Kiptagich Tea Factory. Over 3,000 people attended the classic ceremony at the Olenguruone stadium among them government representatives,  church representatives, Councilors, School principals.

During the forum on 10th December 2008, participants were glad to report that the local peace meetings held have had positive impact on reintegration and gradually economic growth is recovering.

The next meeting was scheduled to be held in early February 2009.  Meanwhile, other divisions that had not been able to organize peace meetings were advised to do so and report back on the progress during the next meeting.

 

Kamara Division held their peace meeting on 19th December 2008 at Mau Summit.

Many People wish to own homes but the desire and need is more for refugees!!

mr-kinuthia-signs-agreement-for-support-in-purchasing-plotSince “Operation Rudi Nyumbani”(return home programme) for mr-kinuthia-receives-money-for-purchase-of-plot-that-he-further-hands-over-to-officials-for-the-purchase-of-plotIDPs started , many families have returned to their former homes while others access their farms from satellite camps near their farms.  Unfortunately not all IDP families had homes or farms to return to. Some of them lived as squatters on other people’s farms or rented residences.  When the violence broke out they lost most of belongings and have no homes to return to. Many are still languishing in IDP camps.

 

Necessity is the mother of innovation.  When the government paid Kshs 10,000 per family token money to assist the IDPs in resettlement, those at Molo Saw Mill Camp decided to pool this money and work towards purcase of residential plot for each family.

This first payment forms part payment for the residential plots at Mitoni farm and Kibunja.  girl-spinicah-moraa-signs-agreement-for-support-in-purchasing-plotThe other balance they will pay after they receive further support from government or well-wishers.

girl-moraa-receives-money-for-purchase-of-plot-that-he-further-hands-over-to-officials-for-the-purchase-of-plotUpon learning about this initiative, MISCC decided to finance two plots , one for Mr. Kinuthia’s family and the other for five orphans who are also victims of the post election violence.

Small Treat that makes a difference

MISCC decided to add value and happiness to the lives of 8 children who were unfortunate victims of the post election violence that broke out in Kenya early in the year.  The treat was in form of new clothes aimed at bringing some joy and happiness as the world celebrates Christmas and New Year.

Five of the children are orphans who lost their parents in the senseless mayhem.  They include ; (from left) Girl-Spinicah Moraa aged 16years, boy Wycliffe Oduso aged 15years, boy Dennis Ayoti aged 10years, boy George Mbugua aged 14years and boy Joshua Nyakundi aged 17years.  The children learn at St Mary’s Boys Primary School in Molo.

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The other beneficiaries were the wife and three children of Mr Dvid Kinuthia Muiruri.  Mr kinuthia and hia sister are physically challenged.  While Mr Kinuthia moves on a wheel chair, his sister has never moved since she has never benefited from the services of a wheel chair.  They too are victims of the violence and they are currently housed at the New Testament Church. The beneficiaries (from left to right on photo) boy Zephania Gitau aged 12 years, girl Monicah Wanjiru aged 13 years; girl Judy Nyokabi aged 16 years and their mother Rose Wambui.

 

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